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tonight on "nightline," jackson's plea. for the first time, michael jackson's doctor, in his own words. jurors hear his detailed account of how the star allegedly begged for a drug to help him sleep, just hours before his death. >> he said, "just make me sleep." plus, where's baby lisa? as a frantic search for a 10-month-old baby enters its fourth day, police scour a landfill. tonight, we have an exclusive look inside the bedroom where the baby was last seen. and an interview with the mother who says the police have accused her of foul play.
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and javier's heart. he's one of hollywood's hottest stars, married to a gorgeous leading lady and a happy new father. but that's not all he's passionate about. tonight, he tells us. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," october 7th, 2011. >> good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden. we begin tonight with a revealing look at the relationship usually cloaked in the strictest of privacy, the relationship between megawatt celebrities and their private physicians. doctors who are sometimes hired for their discretion and their prescription pads. was dr. conrad murray one such physician? was michael jackson one such celebrity? today, a private scene between them was laid bare in court. here's jim avila.
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>> reporter: conrad murray met with police two days after michael jackson died, hoping a face to face interview would convince police not to charge him with a crime. >> i tried to wean him off that medication. >> okay. >> conrad murray comes into this interview with his lawyer, in the hope of avoidi ining prosecution. it didn't work. >> reporter: it's an informal interview, audio taped by police, who hear an emotional doctor, saddened over the loss of his own and only patient. >> i mean, i loved mr. jackson. he was my friend. and i wanted to help him as much as i can. >> up to this point, dr. murray has been characterized as a reckless guy who is trying to cover up the scene. suddenly, he gives what sounds like a rational explanation for what he did what he did. >> reporter: in fact, dr. murray
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gives a complete time line of a restless night in michael jackson's bedroom. after his final rehearsal for his big show. ♪ what about flowering fields ♪ is there a time >> reporter: it's 1:00 a.m. murray says jackson showers, changes into his pajamas and is given a rubdown with a bleaching cream for his skin condition. by 2:00 a.m., he is complaining he cannot sleep and is given his first sedative. at around 3:00 a.m., another, different sedative. at around 4:30, more of the first sedative. the sun rises and still no sleep, so at 7:30, a repeat dose of the second sedative. and at 10:30 in the morning, nine hours without sleep, jackson is asking, no, begging for milk. at first, the police think dr. murray is actually talking about cow's milk. >> he said, "please, please, give me some milk so that i can sleep." >> hot milk or warm? >> it's a type of medicine.
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>> what kind? >> it's called propofol. >> reporter: he items police he gave michael jackson propofol for two months every day, and he wasn't the first doctor to give it to him. >> the first time that milk was used on him, was it your idea or his? >> his. i asked that, he said, "it works, i know it works." >> reporter: but dr. murray continually warned against the dangerous anesthesia and act cally stopped giving jackson propofol three days before he died. but on this night, michael would not fall asleep and became more and more desperate. >> he said, "just make me sleep. i can't function if i don't sleep." so, i agreed at that time that i would switch to the propofol. >> it is not a legal defense for dr. murray to say, michael jackson asked me, begged me, for propofol and so i gave it to him. but it mayhew m humanize him an
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provide something of an explanation for some of husband conduct. >> reporter: after the propofol is given, dr. murray says jackson finally falls asleep. and with oxygen nearby and a pulse meeter to monitor his breathing and heart rate, murray says he goes to the bathroom on the same second floor. for only two minutes, he claims. >> when i came back, immediately, i felt for a pulse and i was able to get a thready pulse in the femoral region. his body was warm. there was no change in color. so i assumed that everything happened very quickly, so i started immediately to perform cpr and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. >> reporter: none of it worked. jackson would never regain consciousness. and is taken to ucla medical center where he is pronounced dead. and an exhausted dr. murray can be seen leaving the worst day of
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his life. prosecutors will resume playing the tape on tuesday. for "nightline," jim avila, abc news, los angeles. >> dr. murray called face four years in prison if convicted. and just ahead, the latest twist in the devastating case of a missing 10-month-old baby in missouri. abc's dan harris asks the parents the tough questions. >> and so that you clear the air, let me just ask you directly, did you have anything to do with her disappearance? i'd race down that hill without a helmet. i took some steep risks in my teens. i'd never ride without one now. and since my doctor prescribed lipitor, i won't go without it for my high cholesterol and my risk of heart attack. why kid myself? diet and exercise weren't lowering my cholesterol enough. now i'm eating healthier, exercising more, taking lipitor. numbers don't lie. my cholesterol's stayed down. lipitor is fda approved to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
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if the option of adding abilify is right for you. and be sure to ask about the free trial offer. >> announcer: "nightline" continues from new york city with cynthia mcfadden. >> it is a parents' worst nightmare. a 10-month-old baby disappearing from her crib in the middle of
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the night. sometime between when her mother put her down and when her father got off the graveyard shift. but is that really what happened? little lisa's parents say the police have tried to get them to accuse one another. today, the search for lay by lisa resumed at a landfill. abc's dan harris. >> reporter: from those very first reports of a 10-month-old baby possibly snatched out of her crib in the middle of the night in this quiet kansas city neighborhood, right from the start, police have said the parents of little lisa irwin were cooperating fully with the investigation. in fact, it was on the recommendation of the police that jeremy irwin and his fiance deborah bradley first went public with their anguished pleas for their daughter's return. >> please. bring her home. our two other boys are waiting for her, please. >> reporter: but today, the baby's mother revealed that just hours after her daughter was reported missing, police
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subjected her to an 11-hour interrogation. did they accuse you directly? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: what did they say? >> you killed her. you know where she's at. give everybody else closure, you know you did it. and i kept saying no, that's not possible, no. no. no, no. >> reporter: she says after hours of grilling, she finally volunteered to take a polygraph. what happened then? >> they said i failed. >> reporter: how do you respond to that? >> not possible. something's wrong. not possible. >> reporter: in a separate room, detectives were also questions the baby's father. what kind of things were they saying to you about your fiance? >> she did it and we, you know, you need to help us. get her back. >> reporter: and so that you can clear the air, let me just ask you, did you have anything to do with her disappearance? >> absolutely not. absolutely not. >> reporter: and all this time, where you have police officers
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storming into the room and saying to you, she did it, did you have a nanosecond of doubt at any point? >> no. there's never any doubt in my mind. >> reporter: what is that like to hear, for you, emotionally? >> it's hard to hear that. >> reporter: after a second round of interrogation, jeremy irwin got up and walked out of the police station. >> they've been cooperative up to this point but they decided to stop cooperating. >> reporter: almost immediately, police dismantled the mobile command center they set up from which they'd been coordinating searches of homes, bigz businesses and even the city's sewers. and they took down the crime scene tape at the family home. late today, abc news gained exclusive access inside the irwin family home. incredible to be in this room which has been the subject of so much discussion in recent days. this is the crib where lisa's mother says she put her to sleep at roughly 10:30 on monday night. that's the last time her mother says she saw the child.
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looking around the room, so many poignant details. this is her hand print and her foot print. when lisa's father jeremy came home at 4:00 in the morning, he noticed the front door was unlocked, which he considered to be highly unusual. as he made his way through the house, he noticed that all the lights were on. he also noticed that this window, which faces the front side of the house, had been tampered with. this is a story that, as we learned today, the police appear to find highly suspect. what is their theory? are they saying, look, your story is hard to believe, this happened on the one night that you happened to be working an overnight shift and the one night that you happened to leave the front door unlocked? >> my response is, you know, anything can happen. >> reporter: can you see how -- >> oh, i know, i understand. i totally understand. which is why i have cooperated and will continue to cooperate. our focus is lisa.
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lisa. >> reporter: in those marathon interrogations, it was apparently not just lisa's mother under the microscope. she says detectives also tried and failed to get her to turn on her fiance. did you have anything to do with lisa's disappearance? >> no, of course not. i mean, i love her more than anything. we love her more than anything. >> reporter: today, we asked the kansas city police about the questioning of lisa irwin's parents. lisa's mother says your detectives are accusing her of being involved in the disappearance of her child. do you believe she was involved? >> well, i can't xhont on the details of the investigation. she's free to talk about whatever she would like. i can't go into details. >> reporter: i would man given the history of this sort of crime, you have to look at the fami family. >> we're looking at everything. we have no leads. >> if anybody knows anything, the smallest matter how insignificant you might think it is, that could bring our lisa home, please do not hesitate to call.
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so we can find her -- so we can find baby lisa. >> reporter: their relationship with investigators may be fraying, but under this immense strain, their relationship with one another is showing no cracks at all. for "nightline" this is dan harris in kansas city. >> we will continue to watch this case closely. next up, he played a smoldering love interest in "eat, pray, love." now, javier bardem shares with us a different kind of passion. one close to his heart.
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well, fair to say, even among the most gorgeous men in hollywood, javier bardem stands out. audiences simply spoon for those
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dusty good looks and that accent. but bardem is at work on a project that make take film goers by surprise. a documentary on a topic that is close to his heart and not usually in the spotlight. here's abc's christiane amanpour with tonight's "nightline" interview. >> it's time. >> reporter: javier bardem. just the sound of his voice has women swooning all over the world. that voice was a crucial part of his appeal as the charmer who sweeps julia roberts off her feet in "eat, pray, love." and as the smoldering artist -- >> drink good wine, we'll make love. >> reporter: in "vicky christina barcelona," this time, romancing his real-life wife, penelope cruz, mother of his son, leo. but he is probably best known for the very unattractive hair
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cut he sported in "no country for old men." a performance that won him an oscar. he dedicated his award to his mother. that's right. he's a heart tlohrob who loves s momma. >> i cannot even put in words because i don't know how to express it. i'm an actor because my mother. since i was born, i was going to theater plays and i would be backstage watching the whole process from the moment she comes into the room, she makes up and she goes to stage and then she becomes a different person. that always amazed me. >> reporter: not only did she inspire his art, she planted the seeds of a social conscience. which is why he's in new york right now, to take up a cause. >> people might have the right to speak. >> reporter: it's not unusual to see a celebrity do that, but this one is pretty obscure.
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his issue, the people of the western sahara. it's a disputed territory in north africa, and it once was a colony of spain which is bardem's homeland. but when spain moved out in the 1970s, morocco moved in and it sparked a war over who would control it. the result is a serious refugee crisis and a people without any say in their national identity. and nobody wants to do anything about it. >> hot potato. >> reporter: how do you say that in spanish? [ speaking spanish ] >> is it the same? >> reporter: nobody wants to hold it. and nobody knows much about it and i'm not sure people care. why have you thrown yourself into this? >> i took a trip to the camps and i saw it with my own eyes and i realized how much injustice are in those camps. when you have the relationship with them in the camps, it has an impact on you. it goes back to your own roots,
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which is as a spaniard, as a spanish person. i would really need to do something for these people. >> reporter: do you feel a bit of national guilt? i mean, is it something that you feel the country needs to answer for? >> national guilt is a good way to put it, especially being the christian country that we are, the catholic country that we are. >> reporter: are you excited about today? >> i am. >> reporter: different, a little different. >> different, but important. >> reporter: then, it was onto the united nations. >> it is a great injustice, a violation of international law. >> reporter: as well as petitioning the u.n., he's making a documentary about the western issahara, to highlight e humans rights abuses. >> there's a moment where you ask yourself, how can i help? they ask me, are you a doctor? i said no. are you a nurse? no. do you know logistics? no. so what are you, an actor, so keep on doing movies. when we come back from our field
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trips, we feel great watching your movies. and you go, okay. >> reporter: that's your contribution. >> exactly. so, your contribution is about knowing what you know to do best. in this case, movie-making. >> reporter: but being an activist won't keep him from being an actor. you are known for some of the great films you've done, "no country for old men," -- >> this is the opposite of being a nice person. >> reporter: exactly. real villains. tell me the next villain you're going to play in james bond. >> i'm very excited because my friends got me to watch the movies and i saw all of them to, to place that is going to be fun. they choose me to play men that i cannot give you many details. >> reporter: but on the western sahara, he wants to make sure he is heard loud and clear, even through that famous accent. >> i'm going to try to vocalize a lot. because they have to understand what i have to say. >> reporter: give me an example, how are you going to do it? >> opening the mouth and twisting the
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